About This Slot
Relax Gaming’s February 2022 release, Beast Mode, is a collaboration with slot streaming community website, Casino Grounds. It’s not the first of its kind and it has the relative advantage over competitor products that it has been influenced by what slots player like. Or rather, what a particular type of slots player likes … these guys are streamers and into their high-risk gambling, so the variance is cranked up high.
But it’s not just about the volatility levels – Beast Mode also has compelling features and gives players the choice of which bonus round they want to play once free spins are unlocked. This is not unique but still relatively rare. And the format of those rounds is well designed as you will see if you keep reading this review.
As well as being responsive to input from a respected side of the slot community, Relax also make this game characteristically their own and those who’ve enjoyed recent releases like Top Dawg$ and La Fiesta will enjoy this one too. It’s rich in graphics with fun depictions of cartoon animals pumping iron on the beach, it plays out on a pleasing 4,096 payline format and delivers regular action thanks to it’s Cascading Wins mechanic and wealth of features.
RTP, Variance and Top Payout
Let’s just review those key stats again then – RTP is set at 96.32% – nothing to complain about there – the variance is high, very high, and the top payout is a solid 25,000x. Keep in mind that the odds of hitting that are far out of reach but it is nonetheless an indicator that this game can knock out wins of well over 1,000x on a fairly regular basis. The minimum bet to spin is 10p which makes Beast Mode accessible to players with all budgets.
Symbols and Graphics
You are looking for three or more identical symbols to drop on a payline from left to right to trigger a win. The lowest value icons are represented by the cards, 10 through to Ace, which have relatively low values – six of a kind pays out just 1x for example.
Premium symbols are represented by a range of icons including kettlebells, roller boots, dumbbells, ghetto blasters and lions. These can award from 2.5x up to 25x stake for 6 of a kind with the bicep-flexing lion the highest-paying symbol.
Look out as well for the important necklace which is the Wild symbol. It can land on reels 2 to 6. It subs in for any other symbol to help fill winlines and has enhanced value in the bonus rounds as we shall find out now.
What We Like
Multiple Free Spins rounds
Expanding Wilds AND Reels
25,000x top payout
What We Don't Like
Features weighted towards bonus rounds
Gameplay and Features
As you might expect of a slot game designed on the feedback from a bunch of feature-hungry slots fanatics, Beast Mode doesn’t shirk on the bonus action. But how to land those big wins?
Here are the triggers to look out for in the base game and bonus rounds.
- As a Cascading Wins game, Beast Mode can deliver multiple wins from a single spin. Winning icons drop off the reels and new ones come in to replace them. If more wins are created, so the process repeats.
- During the base game, Random Mystery Spins can occur at any time. One of these will GUARANTEE one or more Mystery Symbols landing on the reels and ALL transforming into the same one.
- And one more thing … Mystery Symbols stick for consecutive cascades but change value with each new cascade in the series.
Those are the basics, but things get more interesting in the free spins rounds which can be triggered by landing 3 or 4 bonus symbols on one spin.
In an interesting twist, 3 bonus symbols means you have to gamble a 50/50 wheel spin to see if you play the upgraded version of the free spins round. 4 bonus symbols takes you straight there.
Now you can pick from these THREE options:
- The first is Mystery Symbols Free Spins which is SIX at standard level and TEN at upgraded level. This one is good because it adds a bomb symbol randomly onto the reels to add 3 more spins to your total and an extra row to reels 2, 3 and 4. This way you can play with up to 7 rows in the middle reels and significantly more paylines!
- The second free spins option is Multiple Ladder Free Spins with EIGHT free spins in normal mode and NINE in upgraded mode. This option is your best choice if you like progressive multipliers – starting at 1x and increasing with every cascade up to a massive 500x max! You also get gifted extra spins at higher multiplier levels.
- The third option is built for those who like expanding symbols – Expanding Wilds Free Spins. You get SEVEN at basic level and TEN at enhanced level. Both come with a multiplier – 1x, or a staggering 10x at enhanced level. And … of course …. Wilds are expanders, expanding down to give you more chances of completing paylines.
Beast Mode is definitely a fun ‘80s style slot, a rare example of a weightlifting-themed game (!) but one that anyone who sees themselves as a badass iron-pumping lion will get a kick from! It is also great for players who like retro themes and cartoon graphics.
The basic features are sound – cascading wins and mystery symbols are very common now and there they keep the action ticking over. Where this slot really delivers though is in its bonus round choice. And it is entirely evident that those on the player-side of the action have contributed to the design here. Each option is distinct and hasn’t different appeal. It means you can approach the game from different angles, play it as an expanding wilds slot, a progressive multiplier slot, or an expanding reel slot. Our own preference is the progressive multiplier level because the max of 500x is very high and watching cascading wins and increasing multiplier is a thing of beauty! It seems like one of the more likely routes to that 25,000x top payout.
In summary, Beast Mode is a slots fanatics slot game – it’s brilliantly designed and the mix of compelling features, good potential and super-fun theme make it one of Relax’s more exciting prospects for 2022. Ready then? Now load your ghetto blaster with top ‘80s tunes and pick up those fluorescent dumbbells – it’s time to flex like a pumped-up lion at your favourite slot sites!